Zoya Zooey Swatches & Review

Zoya Zooey Swatches Review

Magical nails need no wands! ūüėČ

Although it’s hard to narrow it down, if there’s just one new PixieDust nail polish from the¬†Seashells Collection¬†that you grab, make it¬†Zoya Zooey!

It’s like a Disney princess in nail-polish form!

Normally I’m a green nail enthusiast, but Zoya Zooey takes the victorious first place this time because it spells summer to me as strong as picnics, swimming, and homemade lemonade.

Pink with gold is a classic combination, and as I’ve come to expect from Zoya, their PixieDust formula has a lot of visual interest with its textured finish and saturated pigmentation. Plus this one has sparse holographic hexagonal glitter, which adds to its multi-dimensional nature.

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Zoya Zooey Swatches

All swatches have:

    • No base coat
    • 2 coats of Zoya Zooey
    • No top coat

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  • Pink (Yes)
  • Textured finish (Yes)
  • Laced with a fine thread of gold & medium-sized holographic hexes (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name:¬†Zoya Zooey
  • Collection:¬†Zoya Seashells Collection Summer 2016
  • Press Release:¬†Click here to see the official Zoya Seashells Collection press release!
  • Quick Look:¬†Click here to see my Zoya Seashells Collection swatches!
  • Colours Available in the Zoya Seashells Collection (PixieDusts):¬†Zooey, Levi, Linds, Cece, Bay & Tilly
  • Colours Available in the Zoya Sunsets Collection (Cremes): Cam, Dixie, Brynn, Liv, Dory & Ness
  • Amount:¬†15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • Retail Price: $10 USD
  • Disclosure: This post contains a press sample provided by PR.
  • Where to Buy:¬†Zoya website¬†(Should be arriving soon at Nail Polish Canada.)

Zoya Zooey Review


Zoya Zooey has a medium pink base that’s not too dark and not too light – Goldilocks Baby Bear “Just Right!”

What I love is that there’s a strong golden flash that brings the overall appearance to life. As you move your hands, the nails reflect the light and therefore the gold, making it look like strong summer sunshine kissing your nails!


Although the textured trend is an old one, for me, it never died out. My love for it remains as strong today as when it was just introduced on the scene.

The texture is like sand, so while it’s gritty, it’s not sharp, and because there are larger holographic glitter pieces sprinkled through smaller particles, it has a multi-dimensional visual effect.

The light catches the glitter and the ‘sand.’ They reflect the light, which prevents this polish from looking plain.

Application & Formula

As with all the Zoya PixieDust nail polishes I’ve worn, they are very pigmented. One coat covers most of the nail, but to get the full effect, I recommend using two coats. You most likely won’t need more than that.

It isn’t clumpy, so it’s easy to paint with, and you don’t need to use the dabbing technique – painting as you normally would lays the polish on evenly, and the second coat quickly and easily covers up any bald spots.

What I adore about the Zoya PixieDusts is how fast they dry! They are my go-to lacquers for when I need to head out the door quickly. Plus they don’t require a base or top coat, which significantly speeds up the painting process.

I have tried using a base coat before (not this time), and it didn’t affect my manicure mileage (positively or negatively).

As for a shiny top coat, I haven’t tried that because I’m a self-professed PixieDust purist. I prefer to wear them as they were intended to be worn. However, don’t let that stop you from experimenting, if that’s what floats your boat. They’ll become sparkly polishes, and you may need to use more than a single coat of top coat to get a completely smooth, glass-like finish.

While some people may notice that PixieDusts with larger glitter like this one tends to chip quicker, I have not noticed this. Then again, most nail polish wears like iron on me, and I don’t usually wear textured polishes for more than five days. (As a nail blogger, I often change my manicure every few days.)

Even though the texture is sandy, it comes off with nail-polish remover very easily, so don’t let it trick you into thinking that you’ll have to rub your poor nails raw like you would with a chunky glitter polish.

Ingredients & Vegan-Friendly

Zoya’s vegan-friendly nail polishes don’t contain any¬†Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or DBP.


  • Summery pink with gold
  • Sandy texture
  • Contains holographic glitter pieces
  • Dries fast
  • Easy to paint with
  • Pigmented formula (2 coats for full opacity)
  • Doesn’t require base or top coat (but you can use them)
  • Comes off easily with nail-polish remover
  • Vegan-friendly
  • No Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, or Camphor


  • Has a sandy texture (that some people may not like…but it’s not sharp)

Final Verdict: 9/10

I love, love, love Zoya Zooey because it’s exactly the touch of summer that I was craving. Plus I love how you can quickly paint two coats and be done. Fast and easy manicure in minutes!

If you’re a fan of textured nail polishes and pink, you’ll really love this one!

Do you prefer to wear textured nail polishes as is, or with a glossy top coat? Is there another shade in the Zoya Seashells Collection or the Zoya Sunsets Collection that you’d like to see me review next?


8 thoughts on “Zoya Zooey Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    I’m usually not one for textured polish, but I may have to reconsider. This is such a pretty color and it’s so sparkly. i might have to get this one next time I’m making a polish shopping trip. Thanks for sharing it with us and as always it looks amazing on you!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Textures aren’t for everyone, but maybe you may like it if you add a glossy top coat. It will transform it into a super-glittery polish and the smooth finish you enjoy!

  2. Jenny

    Holy cow this is beautiful. I realllllly need to try a Zoya Pixiedust but I am spoiled for choice and don’t know where to begin!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Jenny!

      So nice of you to stop by and leave a comment! (I’ve visited your blog on a few occasions, and I hope that you’re having a good time getting back on the blog wagon. May your journey be full of happiness, rewarding challenges, and learning adventures.)

      There are so many gorgeous Zoya PixieDust polishes out there, but from the newest Seashells Collection, I strongly recommend Zooey. It’s the most summery to me!

      1. Jenny

        Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, you lovely lady! I’ve realised why I like Zooey so much – it reminds me of what OPI’s Can’t Hear Myself Pink would look like if it were textured! Might have to track it down, haha

  3. Steffy

    Oh my, that is pretty! I’m not a pink np gal either, I’m like you are with green, except with blues but this is too uniquenfor me to pass up. And I love Pixie Dusts for pedis especially, they last forever.


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